Grandma's Ribbon Cookies

These are really special. They were in my Grandma's recipe drawer every Christmas. There's not anyone in the family that does not remember these. Luckily we started our family cookbook while Grandma was still alive and were able to have her give us the recipe to these and many other of her special recipes.

2 cups butter or margarine

2 cups sugar

2 eggs, beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla

4 1/2 cups flour

2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup candied cherries, chopped

2 squares unsweetened chocolate

1/3 cup poppy seeds

1/3 cup pecans

food coloring, green or red

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  In a mixing bowl, cream butter or margarine and sugar.  Add eggs and vanilla.  Mix in flour, baking powder and salt.  Mix well.  Divide dough into 3 parts.  To one part add the cherries and mix well.  To the second part add the chocolate and pecans.  To the third part add the poppy seeds.  Add green or red food coloring to one or both of the white dough parts.  Take one part and pat into a long flat rectangle, about 12 to 18 inches long and about 2 to 3 inches wide.  Pat another part across the top of the first and the third part on top of that.  Roll all in waxed paper and refrigerate overnight.  Cut in 1/8 inch slices and bake for 10 to 15 minutes.